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Old 07-09-2007, 01:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I am travelling to Germany for 2 weeks and was thinking about getting a local prepaid SIM card for my blackberry.

I wanted to know whether this will affect the way I receive my mails. Do I have to activate anything? Is it pretty straightforward?

Which is the best and cheapest operator in Germany for gprs/edge?

My brother went to Canada for 3 days and got a bill of USD2000 on his blackberry. I dont want a repeat of that on my BB!

I have tried to look on info on roaming on this forum, but havent been able to find much info. If there is already a thread, pls send me the link.

Pls help!

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I am travelling to Germany for 2 weeks and was thinking about getting a local prepaid SIM card for my blackberry.

I wanted to know whether this will affect the way I receive my mails. Do I have to activate anything? Is it pretty straightforward?
If your 8800 is unlocked, then you can use your pre-paid SIM card for voice and SMS only.
You won't get any e-mail or web browsing with a pre-paid card.

So, to answer your questions... yes, it will affect the way you receive emails. No, you don't need to activate anything because there would be nothing to activate. Yes, it's pretty straightforward. Put in the local SIM, and start making/receiving calls.
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I want mails on my blackberry when I am in Germany, but I dont want to pay the exhorbitant roaming rates of the Indian operator.

Can I not get a SIM card in Germany and use it for gprs/edge?
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You can but for email and data you need a Blackberry data plan -- not just GPRS/EDGE. You won't find BB data offered on prepaid SIM's.
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I want mails on my blackberry when I am in Germany, but I dont want to pay the exhorbitant roaming rates of the Indian operator.
Then you'd need to open up a wireless account with a German provider which has a BlackBerry Data Plan provisioned on it.
I don't think this is a likely option for you, since you don't have residence there, and you'll only be travelling for a short time.

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Can I not get a SIM card in Germany and use it for gprs/edge?
No, you can't. There are no pre-paid SIM cards which support Blackberry data.
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I want mails on my blackberry when I am in Germany, but I dont want to pay the exhorbitant roaming rates of the Indian operator.

Can I not get a SIM card in Germany and use it for gprs/edge?
I've been down this road before and here is the easiest solution.

You'll need to carry 2 devices.

Buy a cheap local phone in GER for voice. (or bring an unlocked GSM phone from North America with a prepaid GER sim card bought off eBay)

Enable international data roaming on your BB before you leave.

Use the berry for data/email and use the phone for voice.

If your berry is unlocked you could switch the sims in and out as needed in the berry but that is a hassle.
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I've been down this road before and here is the easiest solution.

You'll need to carry 2 devices.

Buy a cheap local phone in GER for voice. (or bring an unlocked GSM phone from North America with a prepaid GER sim card bought off eBay)

Enable international data roaming on your BB before you leave.

Use the berry for data/email and use the phone for voice.

If your berry is unlocked you could switch the sims in and out as needed in the berry but that is a hassle.
Ooops - did not notice you are domiciled in India.
Check out eBay for a cheap gsm phone with a German carrier's sim card in it
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